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Steve Young
As talk show host, non-fiction author and novelist, weekly oped-columnist, award-winning television writer and filmmaker, Steve Young just may be one of America's busiest and most versatile talents.

Icons from a myriad of fields stepped forward to share their remarkable stories of success built from adversity in Steve's inspiring book, "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful" (Tallfellow Press). Published internationally, "Great Failures..." and has become required reading in the Wharton School of Business Masters Program and made Steve a highly requested speaker on the college and corporate circuit.

His "All The News That's Fit To Spoof " column appeared every Sunday for years on the L.A. Daily News Oped Page. Refusing to be limited by any medium or particular political side of the aisle, as political editor for National Lampoon Steve created the mega-popular, right-sided web site, and was one of the original hosts at L.A.'s Home of Progressive Talk, KTLK AM1150.

An award-winning prime time television writer, Young's work has been seen on such television programs as ABC’s "Boy Meets World," CBS’s "Cybill," HBO Family’s "Crashbox," Disney’s "The Smart Guy," and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

With his wacky children’s novel, "Winchell Mink...The Misadventure Begins" (Harper-Collins) on the shelves and the award-winning "15 Minutes" (Harper-Collins) he has become a hot bet with kids, parents and schools. Steve has appeared all over national TV - from the Today Show to Bill O'Reilly - and radio pitching his own brand of satirical punditry with is political mayhem appearing on the pages of national newspapers like the Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times, as well as on his own blog at

To top it off, he took Hollywood power brokers to task with his hit cult film, "My Dinner With Ovitz." Not necessarily terribly focused, Steve has even written standup material of the inimitable Libertarian Presidential nominee, Bob Barr.

With boundless energy and enthusiasm, we can expect the name of America’s champion of failure to appear on an ever-growing number books lining the shelves of bookstores nationwide.*

*And hopefully, one day, we can stop him writing his name on all those books.

Entries by Steve Young

2015: A Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 2:35 PM

This will appear in my Philadelphia Inquirer, New Years eve and HERE!

Hazzah! The long dark night that was 2015 is over. The past year produced as much delight as former Eagles coach Chip Kelly finding out his new roommate...

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EXXON Bankrolled Anti-Global Warming Think Tanks

(4) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 8:39 PM

Balance as Exxon sees it: Whatever you're saying publicly, finance the opposite viewpoint secretly.

In the early 2000s I was a talk show host at KTLK AM radio in Los Angeles. Admittedly, it was one of the few liberal talk radio stations in the country. Still, due...

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The Adam Sandler Journal: The Missing Pages

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 11:40 AM


(Below are some pages uncovered from comedian/actor/writer Adam Sandler's personal journal)

January, 2006
Dear Journal,

Schneider is right. Being clever is hard. Why even try? You can make just as much money writing and appearing in crap. I mean, you do something...

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We Must Take Trump Seriously...Tee-hee

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 8:27 AM

From my Philadelphia Inquirer column:'

"One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government," Donald Trump

While others may welcome Donald Trump's announcement that he will be making a run for the Republican presidential nomination as an opportunity...

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Bill O'Reilly Is a Liar: And I Am the Proof

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 10:35 AM

(Disclaimer: I guested a number of times on The Factor...not after I wrote my column)

Bill O'Reilly is being taken to task for his "combat experience" during the Falklands War, in a location where there was no combat to experience. Was Bill only embellishing or out and out lying about...

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Jon Stewart: Most Trusted Satirist and Newsist

(26) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 9:24 AM

After nearly 16 years, comedian Jon Stewart is leaving the reins of The Daily Show. Recently, a number of comic hosts have left long-term late-night gigs -- Jay Leno, Steven Colbert, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Brian Williams -- but barely a blip on the giggle continuity screen. I mean, Stewart's...

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Je Suis Satire

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 12:01 PM


I spent this past New Year's week in Paris. Besides taking advantage of the sights and celebrations of the City of Lights, I was there doing some research on a spoofy novel I'm writing that leans heavily on The Da Vinci Code. I...

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Kim, Cosby and Kim: 2014's Greatest Fails

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 11:04 AM


2014. Wow. What a fantabulous year for humanity. Getting killed seemed to be more a crime than the act of killing. Comedy lost Robin Williams, Joan Rivers and Bill Cosby. The only one getting hit harder than a defenseless NFL quarterback was a...

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Will SCOTUS Protect Political Campaign Lies

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 1:32 AM

The used-car sales lobby must be licking its chops.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Susan B. Anthony List (an antiabortion group) may sue over an Ohio law that prevented it from making false statements about a political candidate.

What was Ohio thinking? Keep political campaigns from lying?...

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McCain Reveals Acceptable POW Exchange

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2014 | 12:42 PM

Senator John McCain, who had previously said that he would be behind a prisoner exchange of POW Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, now says, "This decision to bring Sgt. Bergdahl home--and we applaud that he is home--is ill-founded, it is a mistake, and it is putting the lives of American servicemen and--women...

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Note to SCOTUS: It's Not the Money

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 1:35 PM

"Deception correlates with anonymity not with spending." Annenberg Policy Center's Department Head, Kathleen Jamieson, Ph.D

Deception. Some might call it lying. Professor Jamieson, a well-respected scholar who has spent years calling for truth in political speech, doesn't toss around the word, "lie." This is the admirable trait of an...

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Christie Styling Through History

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 1:56 AM

Think the Chris Christie commissioned Bridgegate investigation into Chris Christie's involvement exonerating Chris Christie has no precedent? Think "lane closure" transformed into "lane realignment" is an outlier? Try "torture" becoming "enhanced interrogation." Try the time-honored definition of "is" becoming a question based on what "is," is? At least he didn't...

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The Column EVERY Registered Democrat Must Read

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 12:56 PM

During the 2010 mid-term elections, 16 percent of registered Democrats voted, the lowest Democratic midterm turnout since before 1962. Republican turnout was 22 percent higher.

Hello Mr. and Mrs. Democratic Voter,

How's it goin'? You nice and comfy in your intellectual contempt of those crazy righties? Proud of...

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Hey, Mr Gates...How about Some Technology 4 the Rest of Us

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 5:57 PM

"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal." Albert Einstein

Ah, progress. Technology races ahead, rapidly improving systems - systems outdated before understood how they work when they were still dated - while attempting to make life a bit better. But are those with brains,...

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Christie's Old School Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 3:32 PM

Allegation: A Chris Christie memo purports that Port Authority official, David Wildstein, was accused of "deceptive behavior" by his high school social studies teacher.

Can we escape the past? No. And why should we? For one, we've spent far more time in the past than we do in the present....

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Caesar's Mt. Rushmore of Comedy Writing Set the Bar

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 9:11 PM

Column appears in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer

"Caesar was a comedic God." -- Comedian Richard Lewis

Long before Saturday Night Live, before Monty Python's Flying Circus, before Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, a hulking colossus stalked across the...

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Hey Homophobes! You Are So Gay.

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 4:34 PM

"I don't think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet," said an NFL player personnel assistant (in Sports Illustrated, referring to Missouri defensive end, Michael Sam).

Hate to break to those of you who have such a deep seeded fear or hatred of gays and lesbians, because...

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Pre-Christie Emails Revealed

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 8:57 AM

When the Internet first came to fruition, who could have imagined that it could be a conduit of anything other than rapidly delivering photos of your cat to untold numbers of disinterested strangers or replacing hard copies of National Geographic aborigine nudes with highly-developed porn? But today we find that...

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Selfies, Steroids and Twerks: A 2013 Full of Lessons From Failure

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 1:31 PM

2013. Wow. Could you be more proud of how this country chose to treat its most recent 365 days? I mean other than the government shutdown, Congress, the Obamacare (disaster of a) startup, NSA peeping-Tom surveillance policies, Congress, IRS profiling, Major League baseball's never-will-be-elected to the Hall of Fame antics...

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Redskins Controversy: High School Kids Understand Better Than Daniel Snyder

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 1:24 PM

This first appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A bore is a person who talks when you wish him to listen."
- Ambrose Bierce

In business, selling your message is best done by first placing yourself in another person's shoes -- i.e. employing empathy. Problem is,...

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